- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The incoming Justice administration says experts from the state universities will play a key role in the governor-elect’s transition policy committees.

West Virginia University and Marshall University are volunteering faculty and experts from their research departments to lead discussions. The schools’ provosts are acting as coordinators for the transition team.

Larry Puccio, chairman of the team, says Jim Justice wants the universities at the table for policy making and the goal is to “to identify new opportunities to grow jobs and make West Virginia No. 1.”

Marshall President Jerome Gilbert says they’re pleased to be invited and have expertise in areas including infrastructure and transportation, education, health care and substance abuse.

WVU President Gordon Gee says the university has much to offer - “from data to research to leadership.”

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